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Volume 2 Number 4 

September, 1994 

Selected Bibliography on Making Pop-ups 
With Some Personal Notes 

James T. Sinski 

Shortly after 1 began my pop-up and movable 
book collection in the early 1970's, a series of four 
"make your own pop-up books" were published. 
These were: 

Make your own pop-up book, Hansel and GreteL 

Retold by Christian Willcox; Illustrated by Virginia 
Smith: Models designed by Brian Edwards. Racine, 
Wisconsin. A Whitman Book, an imprint of 
Western publishing Company, Inc., 1973. $1.95. 

Make your own pop-up book, Little Red Riding 
Hood. Retold by Christian Willcox; Illustrated by 
Virginia Smith; Models designed by Brian 
Edwards. Racine, Wisconsin, A Whitman Book, an 
imprint of Western publishing Company, Inc., 
1973. $1.95. 

Make your own pop-up book, Puss in Boots. Retold 
by Christian Willcox: Illustrated by Richard Hook; 
Models designed by Brian Edwards. Racme, 
Wisconsin. A Whitman Book, an imprmt of 
Western publishmg Company, Inc., 1973. $1.95. 

Make your own pop-up book, Snow-White and the 
seven dwarfs. Retold by Christian Willcox; 
Illustrated by Ronald Embleton; Models designed 
by Brian Edwards. Racine, Wisconsin, A Whitman 
Book, an imprint of Western publishing Company, 
Inc., 1973. $1.95. 

The pop-ups for these books were well 
designed and easy to assemble. Some of the pop- 
ups were over seven inches tall. There was no glue 
required as the attachment for the pop-up was made 
by inserting a tab through a slit in the page of the 
book. Printing was on both sides of the paper. The 
color of the tab that was on the opposite page to 
the pop-up matched the color of the illustration on 
that opposing page 

In 1983 two more complex do-it-yourself pop- 
up books were illustrated and paper engineered by 
Ron van der Meer. These had punch-out pieces. 
Included were small oval pads (fixers) that stuck 
the pieces to proper spots in the book. The pages of 
the book were assembled separately and then the 
cover was added. Six pages of directions were 
included in the package to complete the book that 
combined pop-ups, lift ups, rotating wheels, pull 
tabs, and sawing sound. These were: 

The ghost book by Ron van der Meer; A do-it- 
yourself pop-up book. Paper engineering by Ron 
van der Meer; Assistant illustrator, Atie van der 
Meer. London, Macmillan Children's Books, 1983 

The case of the kidnapped dog; A do-it-yourself 
pop-up book. Paper engineering by Ron van der 
Meer; Assistant illustrator, Atie van der Meer. 
London, Macmillan Children's Books, 1983. 

In my opinion the most important book on 
making pop-ups was published in 1985. 

Paper engineering for pop-up books and cards. By 

Mark Hiner; Design by Wilson Smith. England, 
Tarquin Publications, 1985 

This paperback book contams plans and des- 
criptions for ten working models. These include 
multiple layers, floating layers, V-fold, magic box, 
moving arm, rotating disc, sliding motion, pull-up 
planes, pivoting motion and dissolving scenes. 
Plans for these are included and are printed in 
colors to make assembling easier. For each 
mechanism there are line drawings to show how 
that type may be used in a book or card. Plans in 
this book can be completed by both children and 
adults. There are some plans that can be completed 
by children using only scissors The others need a 
knife, and I would not recommend them for 
children. This book is now available in the United 
States from Parkwest Publications, Inc., 451 
Communipaw Ave., Jersey City, New Jersey 07304. 
0-90621-249-9. $11.95. 

The Movable Book Society 

Movable Stationery is the quarterly publication 
of The Movable Book Society. Letters and articles 
from members on relevant subjects are welcome. 
Advertising is accepted free of charge from 
members. The annual membership fee for the 
Society is $15.00. For more information contact 
Ann Montanaro, The Movable Book Society, P.O. 
Box 11654, New Brunswick, New Jersey 09806. 

Daytime telephone: 908-445-5896 
Evening telephone: 908-247-6071 
Fax: 908-445-5888 

The deadline for the next issue is November 15. 

Selected Bibliography, continued from page 1 

Before publishing the book on paper 
engineering, Tarquin published a series of pop-up 
books to make yourself. These are also available 
from Parkwest. They are: 

Pop-up Paris. By David Griffiths and Gerald 
Jenkins. England, Tarquin Publications. No date 
given. Order number 0906212-31-6. $7.95. Text is 
in both English and French. 

Pop-up London. By Anne Wild. England, Tarquin 
Publications, 1983. Order number 0906212-30-8. 

The Romans pop-up. By Andy and Maggie Hall. 
England, Tarquin Publications, 1983. Order number 

0906212-29-4. $7.95. 

The Greeks pop-up. By Pam Mara. England, 
Tarquin Publications, 1984. Order number 
0906212-33-2. $7.95. 

The Maya, Aztecs & Incas pop-up. By Duncan 
Birmingham. England, Tarquin Publications in 
Association with British Museum Publications Ltd., 
1984. Order number 0906212-37-5. $7.95. 

The Egyptians pop-up. By Anne Wild. England, 
Tarquin Publications in Association with British 
Museums Publications Ltd., 1985. Order number 
096212-44-8. $7.95. 

These are all well illustrated and factually correct. 
The pop-up pieces are cut out and glued into place. 
They are recommended for children nine years of 
age and older. 

Tarquin has continued to publish paperback 
books on the making of pop-ups. 

Up-pops, paper engineering with elastic bands. By 

Mark Hiner. England, Tarquin Publications, 1991. 
Order number 0906212-79-0. $11.95. 

This book contains ten mechanisms: octahedron, 
flip-step, cube, tetrahedron, double pyramid, 
bevelled prism, flash card, open container, right 
prism, and signal arms. Plans for each mechanism 
are included. There are also line drawings to 
illustrate the many uses for each mechanism. 

Fractal cuts, exploring the magic of fractals with 
pop-up designs. By Diego Uribe. England, Tarqum 
Publications, 1993. order number 09062 12-88-x. 


This book contains directions and plans for ten 
designs. Fractals are curious geometric objects that 
include such pop-up designs as Sierpinski's Tnangle 
and contrary cubes. These pop-up designs take a 
very steady hand and great deal of patience. The 
effects are most astounding. 

The Vikings with stand-up scenes to cut out and 
glue together. By Deborah Duncan and Keith Jones. 
England, Tarquin Publications, 1992. Order number 
0906212-81-2. $7.95. 

The pop-ups in this book are much simpler than the 
other do-it-yourself pop-ups published by Tarquin. 
It is recommended for ages eight and up. 




Catalogs Issued 

20th Century 
Children's Books 

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In 1 984 a series of books on origamic 
architecture began to be published. These included 
designs for pop-up cards as well as free standing 
three-dimensional paper sculpture. The projects 
van- from the relatively simple to the very 
complex. All need patience and a steady hand with 
a knife. These books are distributed in the United 
States by Kodansha International/USA Ltd., 114 
Fifth Ave., New York, New York 1001 1. 

Pop-up origamic architecture. By Masahiro Chatani. 
Japan, Ondonsha Publishers, Ltd., 1984. $12.95 

Pop-up greeting cards: A creative personal touch 
for every occasion. By Masahiro Chatani. Japan, 
Masahiro Chatani. Japan, Ondorisha Publishers, 
Ltd., $12.95. 

Origami architecture: A merican houses, pre- 
Colonial to present. Masahiro Chatani. Japan, 
Ondorisha Publishers, Ltd., Japan. Kodansha 
International Ltd., 1988. 0-87011-837-4. $11.95. 

Paper magic, pop-up paper craft, origamic 

architecture.MasahiTO Chatani. Japan, Ondorisha 
Publishers, Ltd., 1988. 0-87-40-757-0. $12.95. 

Pop-up gift cards: Origamic architecture. By 

Masahiro Chatani. japan, Ondorisha Publishers, 
Ltd., 1988. 0-87040-768-6. $12.95. 

White Christmas, create your own cards and 
decorations, origami architecture. By Masahiro 
Chatani and Keiko Nakazawa. Japan, Kodansha 
International, Ltd., 1989. $14.95. 

Tfiomas cri\fary 'Jo 'Barron 

iUcii and Antiquarian 'Books 
'Ikniqhl ami Sold 


Chitdrtns 'Books 

Illustrated 'Books 

Miniature 'Booths 

'Tine Tress 

'Books About 'Books 

Ific ^History oj Typography 

and Trinting 

'Modern Literature 

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Joan Irvine in 1987 published an extremely 
important book for the making of pop-ups by 
children. The designs were simple and 
straightforward. The book was divided into four 
sections: push and pop-out; fold and fit in; push, 
pull, and turn; and combining ideas. The text was 
clearly illustrated by Barbara Reid. The book was 
followed by Super pop-ups published in 1992. This 
book had many of the same designs but added a 
great element of creativity. The illustrations by 
Linda Hendry were clear and easy to follow. It is 
clear from the projects in the book that all of them 
have been tested over time and that they work. 

How to make pop-ups. By Joan Irvine. Illustrated 
by Barbara Reid. New York, Morrow Junior Books, 
an imprint of William Morrow and Company, 1987. 

How to make super pop-ups. By Joan Irvine. 
Illustrated by linda Hendry. New York, Beech Tree 
Books, an imprint of William Morrow & Co., 1992. 
0-688-11521-7. $6.95. 

The most recent book on how to make pop-ups 
was published in 1993. It is more of an adult book 
and combines many of the ideas of Masahiro 
Chatani and Joan Irvine. If you are looking for a 
book with a great deal of style and design, this is 
it. It is a paperback book in full color. There are 
over 100 paper projects included. At the end of the 
book there is a gallery of 20 pages showing some 
excellent, creative pop-ups by professionals, student 
amateurs, and children. Whatever your interest in 
pop-up makmg, this collection will inspire you. 

The pop-up book. By Paul Jackson. New York, 
Henry Holt and Company, Inc., 1993. 
0-8050-2884-6. $16.95. 

A. DALRYMPLE, Bookseller 
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Teaching Pop-up Making to 
School Children 

James T. Sinski 

Jim Sinski is a Professor Emeritus at the University 
of Arizona. He participates in the Young A udiences 
program presenting workshops on "The A rt of the 
Book" for teachers and or students. 

Pop-ups, that children can be taught to make, 
can be used as a teaching tool for most subjects in 
the primary grades. Because pop-ups have the 
elements of surprise and delight, they immediately 
have the attention of these young minds. Subject 
matter that can be enhanced varies from history to 
composition. Materials needed are very simple and 
easily obtained if they are not already at hand. The 
time needed to teach some of the basics is usually 
less than an hour. 

A simple pop- up circle can be a wide variety of 
objects including basketballs, baseballs, soccer 
balls, sun, moon, planets, oranges, grapefruit, 
melons and human faces. Just let the student choose 
and decide. A mouth design can be used for many 
animals and even plants if the student wishes. This 
is a very effective way to stimulate the imagination. 

For English composition, I was always taught 
that if I wrote about what I knew, it would be 
interesting. It took me a long time to learn this. It 
can be taught in an easy manner with pop-ups that 
the children make. After they make the general 
form and decide what it is, the description of what 
they have created flows in an easy manner. If a 
second such pop-up is made and describe, the 
possible relationship between the two can be the 
basis for a short story. A title can be given; the 
pop-ups put into a cover; and a book completed 
with the author's name. 

The materials that are needed include scissors, 
file cards, glue sticks, pencils and coloring 
materials. Many of the more elegant pop-ups 
require a knife, and I do not recommend using a 
knife in the elementary grades. Plain file cards that 
are 5x7 inches make a good starting materials, but 
these cards without lines may be difficult to fine. I 
usually recommend the cards to be white rather 
than colored, because color can be added later. 

If the pop-ups are simple in geometry, they 
can be a springboard for imagination and creativity. 

Pop-up Exhibit in Germany 

Pop-up books from Peter Schuhle's collection 
will be exhibited from October 1 through December 
4 at the Ausstellungen in der Berg zu Hagen. The 
exhibit will take place in a nearby old manor of the 
former archbishop of Bremen in the little village of 
Hagen. Contact Peter at An der Reitbahn 23, 27612 
Loxstedt. Germany (04744-3138) if you would like 
a personal tour of the exhibit. 

T.W. Clemmer 

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Back Issues Available 

Noteworthy New Publications 

Back issues of Movable Stationery are available 
for $2.50 per issue, postage included. 

Volume 1, #1 - Pricing pop-up books. 
Volume 1, #2 - "Poppin'up and movin' on" A 

dialogue with the bookbinder 
Volume 2, #1 - Building a basic reference 

Volume 2, #2 - Belgian Pop-up Exhibit 
Volume 2, #3 - ABA Convention Report 

Documenting Variant Editions 

The Old West written by Peter Seymour is part 
of the Hallmark Children's Editions. The books in 
this series do not have imprint dates, but this title 
was first issued in about 1974. However, it must 
have been issued at least twice because two copies 
seen recently are different. The covers on each are 
identical except for the produce code printed under 
the Hallmark trademark. One book reads 
"400HEC44" and it has decorative end papers. 
Inside the front cover there is a two-page 
illustration of a trapper on horseback leadmg a 
mule through snowy, mountainous terrain. The 
back endpapers are illustrated with a two-page 
depiction of a cowboy herding cattle. The send 
copy has "495HEC44" printed beneath the hallmark 
and this book has no endpaper illustrations but 
begms and ends with pop-ups. 


Noah's Ark: The book that becomes a boat! is 
accurately described as being an "exquisitely 
detailed ark." This item, which initially appears to 
be a book, is housed m a die-cut slip case. Inside 
the case is a 20-page book, Noah's Ark, written by 
Fran Thatcher. But, along with the book is the ark. 
It opens to be 28 inches long, 10 inches high, and 8 
inches wide at mid-ship. The paper engineering by 
Katy Rhodes is impressive. The ark unfolds and 
pops into shape. There are several tabs to ruck in to 
hold it in place, but it is a basically a pop-up. 

The Christmas alphabet by Robert Sabuda is an 
artistic pop-up creation. Each letter is an individual 
paper sculpture presented m white against a 
background of complimentary colors. The book was 
produced by White Heat Ltd. and is published by 
Orchard Books. The Christmas alphabet contains 16 
pages, 10 x 7 1/2 mches, and will sell for $19.95. It 
is a lovely holiday edition. 

Catalogs Recently Issued 

Books of the Ages. Catalog #3. Gary Overmann. 
4764 Silverwood Dr. Batavia, Ohio 45103. 513- 

Childrens Books & Illustrated Books. Catalog 45. 
Aleph-Bet Books, Inc. 218 Waters Edge, Valley- 
Cottage, N Y 10989. 914-268-7410. 

Dolls & Toys. List DDD. Bibliomania. 1539 San 
Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA 94612. 510-835-5733. 

English Children's Books L-Z. Catalog 2 1 . Over 
850 annotated entries. $5.00 redeemable on 
purchase. Caravan Books Annex, Used, Old & Rare 
Books. P.O. Box 861. Stillwater. OK 74076. 

Pop-up and Movable Books: 
A Bibliography 

Bv Ann Montanaro 

Specializing in 20th C. Pop-ups 

Always interested in buying pop-ups 
in £ne. condition. Any language. 

Elizabeth Wessels. (803) 788-1368 

216 Ringwood Lane, Elgin, S.C. 29045 

Shop: 701 Gervais St. Columbia, 

South Carolina. (803) 252-1589 

558 pages $59.50 


Scarecrow Press, Inc. 

P.O Box 4167 

Metuchen, New Jersey 08840 


Thank you so much for including Magical 
Movable Books in the newsletter - what a 
wonderful surprise! It was especially nice as I had 
wished I could go to the exhibit. All such nice 
surprises gratefully accepted! 

On the other hand, it was most frustrating to 
read the article in the June, 1994 issue, "Belgian 
Pop-up Exhibit." The second paragraph described a 
book, pop-up postcard and posters, but there is no 
price information nor address to send for 
information. HELP! 

Betty Tomo 
St. Louis, Missouri 

I appreciated getting the Waldo Hunt exhibit 
catalog from the Magical Movable Books exhibit at 
the Los Angeles convention Center the last of May. 
I would have loved to have seen that display. 

I was in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the last of 
May and looked up the White Heat Ltd. Publishing 
Company. It was pleased to get to see the work in 
progress there of pop-up book techniques being 
developed to enhance flat designs. It was a special 
treat to meet James Diaz, the paper engineer who 
has worked on many of the books I have in my 
collection. He informed me that he thinks now 
there are about 14 paper engineers in the world. 
That means it is still a limited field. 

I like to make some of my own greeting cards 
using pop-up techniques I also like to write simple 
poetry to include an appropriate message on each 

I am sending you a copy of a poem I have 
written about pop-up books for the newsletter. 

Phyllis S. Clark 
Green Valley, Arizona 

Pop-up Books 

Paper engineers 
Create pop-up books 
People old and young 
Read with amazed looks 

With each page you've turned 
Pops up something new. 
You will be surprised 
How the figures grew 

You pull down a tab, 
Turn a special wheel. 
The pictures make a change, 
each has great appeal. 

It may be a bug, 
Or a flower gay. 
It could be a house, 
Or an animal display. 

Some are so complex 
You will drop your jaw. 
Something big pops up, 
And you will be in awe. 

Move sliding panels 
Where cuts are made clean. 
Magic things happen, 
Changing the whole scene. 

The Second Golden Age 
of pop-up books is now. 
It seems to be the trend. 
And publishers allow. 

If you're not a fan, 
You better take a look. 
You'll be fascinated 
With a pop-up book! 












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New Publications 

The following titles have been identified from 
pre-publication publicity, publisher's catalogs, or 
advertisrng. All titles include pop-ups unless 
otherwise identified. 

Circle farm. Rooster Books, Summer, 1994. 4x7. 
0-553-09635-4. $6.99. [Carousel book] 

Circle zoo. Rooster Books, Summer, 1994. 4x7. 
0-553-09634-6. [Carousel book originally issued by 
Price Stem Sloan in 1988.] 

Christmas magic: A pop-up tree with story and 
press-out ornaments. Kingfisher, an imprint of 
Larousse. Fall, 1994. 7 7/8 x 11. 

The creation: A Bible story pop-up book. Thomas 
Nelson, Fall, 1994. 9x8 5/8. 

The first Thanksgiving: A pop-up book, [carousel 
book]. Robert Sauber, illustrator. Avon. (Avon 
Products catalog Campaign 21). $7.99. 

Gotcha! A Spooky Pop-up Book. Harperfestival, 
Fall, 1994. 4 1/2x4 1/2. $4.95. 0-694-00648-3. 

The honeybee and the robber: A moving/picture 
book. By Enc Carle, [reissue] Philomel Books, Fall, 
1994. 8 3/8 x 12. 

Joan Walsh Anglund's Mother Goose pop-up book. 
Little Simon, Fall, 1994. 7x8 1/2. 

Kubla Kahn: A pop-up version of Coleridge's 
classic. By Nick Bantock. [Adult]. Viking Penguin. 
Fall, 1994. 8x6. 

The littlest witch. A Spooky Pop-up Book. 
Harperfestival, Fall, 1994. 4 1/2x4 1/2. $4.95. 

Madeline, [carousel]. Viking Penguin. Fall, 1994. 4 
1/2 x 6 1/2. 0-670-85602-9. 

Making tracks: A circular pop-up story. By David 
Hawcock. Hyperion. September, 1994. 10 x 10. 
$12.95. 0-7868-0000-3. 

Moses and the exodus. Thomas Nelson. Fall, 1994. 
9x8 5/8. 

The nativity: A glorious pop-up book. By Francesca 
Crespi. Rooster Books. Fall, 1994. 8x10. $15.95. 

Noah's Ark full of animals: A pop-up play book. 
By Tony Maddox. [ punch-out animals] Tyndale 
House, Fall, 1994. Base page 20 x 16. 
Noah's Ark. By Brian Wildsmith. HarperCollins. 
Fall, 1994. 10 1/2 x 10. 

Noah's Ark: The book that becomes a boat! By 
Fran Thatcher. JTG Of Nashville. October, 1994. 

Paddington 's first bath. Paddington Mini Sliding 
Picture Books. HarperFestival. Fall, 1994. 3x3. 





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Paddington goes on a picnic. Paddington Mini 
Sliding Picture Books. HarperFestival. Fall, 1994. 
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Paddington makes a mess. Paddington Mini Sliding 
Picture Books. HarperFestival. Fall, 1994. 3x3. 

Paddington's new room. Paddington Mini Sliding 
Picture Books HarperFestival. Fall, 1994. 3x3. 

The Peter Rabbit spectacular: A giant pop-up-and- 
play book Warne, Fall, 1994. Base page 24 x 13. 

The story of Christmas. Tyndale House. Fall, 1994. 
9x9. $12.95. 0-8423-6027-1 

Where, oh where, is Kipper's bear? A pop-up book 
with light! London, Hodder & Stoughton. Fall, 
1994. 9x7. 

Zany animals ABC: A changing picture book. 
Wishing Well, an imprint of Joshua Morris. Fall, 
1994. 6 1/2x11. 


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Publishers' Addresses 

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Nashville. TN. 37212. 

Rooster Books are published by Bantam Doubleday 
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Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc. 
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